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Today in History: Yellow ribbons tied on trees and light standards

In 1941:Trial of a bicycle rider who pleaded not guilty to the charge of not observing a stop sign, will be held at the next V.F.W. bicycle court.

1991 – 25 years ago

A new medical office building is being built in Plainview and will house the Plainview Community Clinic. It is hoped the building will open in the spring.

• The John Marshall High School chapter of the Distributive Education Clubs of America are showing their support for the troops in the Persian Gulf by tying yellow ribbons on trees and light standards along Broadway in the downtown area.

1966 – 50 years ago

• "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" by Meredith Willson and Richard Morris will be presented at the JM Auditorium. Tickets for adults are $1.50 and students 75 cents.


• The television lineup this evening on this date is "I Spy," "The Danny Kaye Show," "The Big Valley," "The Bob Hope Show" and "Lost in Space."

1941 – 75 years ago

• Of the 1,060 Rochester senior high students, 443 work to contribute to their own support. Students are working as a waitress, mechanics, salesmen, musicians, delivery service and housework.

• Trial of a bicycle rider who pleaded not guilty to the charge of not observing a stop sign, will be held at the next V.F.W. bicycle court.

1916 – 100 years ago

• Rochester school Superintendent H.A. Johnson was re-engaged by the board of education to serve in his present capacity for three more years at a salary of $3,000 a year.

• The Interstate Baseball league is looking for new members. Rochester, Stillwater and Anoka have been invited to join the league. Current members include Red Wing and Eau Claire.

From news services


Ten years ago:Ten U.S. service members died when a pair of Marine Corps helicopters crashed off the coast of Africa. A federal jury in New Orleans cleared Merck and Co. in the death of a 53-year-old Florida man who'd taken the painkiller Vioxx. A mudslide in the Philippines killed more than 1,000 people. Tanja Frieden of Switzerland won the Olympic women's snowboardcross, speeding past American Lindsey Jacobellis, who'd fallen on her next-to-last jump before the finish line. William Cowsill, lead singer of the family band The Cowsills, died in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, at age 58.

Five years ago:A group of Democratic Wisconsin lawmakers blocked passage of a sweeping anti-union bill, refusing to show up for a vote and then abruptly leaving the state in an effort to force Republicans to the negotiating table. Iowa high school wrestler Joel Northrup defaulted on his first-round state tournament match rather than face Cassy Herkelman, one of the first girls ever to qualify for the event, saying that wrestling a girl would conflict with his religious beliefs.

One year ago:Vice President Joe Biden opened a White House summit on countering extremism and radicalization, saying the United States needed to ensure that immigrants were fully included in the fabric of American society to prevent violent ideologies from taking root at home.

Today's birthdays:Actor Hal Holbrook is 91. Singer Bobby Lewis is 83. Actor-comedian Barry Humphries (aka "Dame Edna") is 82. Country singer-songwriter Johnny Bush is 81. Actress Christina Pickles is 81. Football Hall-of-Famer Jim Brown is 80. Actress Brenda Fricker is 71. Actress Rene Russo is 62. Actor Richard Karn is 60. Actor Lou Diamond Phillips is 54. Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan is 53. Actor-comedian Larry, the Cable Guy is 53. TV personality Rene Syler is 53. Movie director Michael Bay is 52. Singer Chante Moore is 49. Rock musician Timothy J. Mahoney (311) is 46. Actor Dominic Purcell is 46. Olympic gold and silver medal skier Tommy Moe is 46. Actress Denise Richards is 45. Rock singer-musician Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) is 44. Actor Jerry O'Connell is 42. Country singer Bryan White is 42. Actress Kelly Carlson is 40. Actor Ashton Holmes is 38. Actor Jason Ritter is 36. TV personality Paris Hilton is 35. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is 35. TV host Daphne Oz (TV: "The Chew") is 30. Actor Chord Overstreet is 27. Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is 25. Actress Meaghan Martin is 24. Actress Sasha Pieterse is 20.

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